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20 Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin in Singapore’s Hot, Sticky Weather

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Most moisturisers are just too thick, heavy or uncomfortable for people with oily skin. “My face feels so sticky right after I apply it!” “It makes me break out!” “My makeup looks even cakeier!” The hot climate doesn’t help. We understand your pain – and we have the solution. We found the best moisturiser for oily skin for Singapore weather.


Do People with Oily Skin Still Need Moisturiser?

Yes! Even if your skin has enough oil, it doesn’t mean that it has enough water. All skin types need proper hydration to stay healthy, smooth, soft and young-looking. Without hydration, you are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to damage, whether it’s from environmental exposure (sun and pollution) or harsh skincare products.  

Dehydrated skin will also produce more oil. It’s a vicious cycle: your skin is oily, so you use too many products that dry out your skin. Your skin becomes more oily, so you use even harsher skincare.Eventually skin becomes so sensitive and stressed out, that it looks red and blotchy. Does that sound familiar?

Furthermore, even “healthy” oily skin will still need daily moisturiser. “Plenty of things—cold weather, hot water, harsh products, and aging—can disrupt the integrity of skin, causing it to spring tiny leaks. Before you know it, the skin no longer can act as a barrier to water loss and it becomes dry,” says Angela Palmer.


What Should I Look For In a Moisturiser for Oily Skin?

  • Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. This means the product does not contain any ingredients that are known to clog pores or trigger acne. However, if you’re being extra careful with your skin (because you’re severely acne-prone, or your skin is sensitive because of treatments) also avoid parabens, sulfates, and fragrances.
  • Oil-free. While there are a lot of good plant extracts and oils that are good for oily or combination skin, you want to stay away from mineral oils and other thick emollients.
  • Humectants. Some ingredients, like glycerine and hyaluronic acid, hydrate the skin by trapping moisture. These are usually light and non-greasy and feel weightless on your skin

Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin for Every Budget

1. Esse Probiotic Hydro Moisturiser

Infused with essential probiotic extracts and prebiotic nutrients, Esse Probiotic Hydro Moisturiser is an ultra-gentle, light cream. The oil-free formula can balance the oil level in your skin which results in improved moisture retention and fuller, healthier skin. The star ingredient Hyaluronic Acid can give you a boost of moisturisation.

Price: $105.00

Where to Buy: Insider Mall

2. SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion

This SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion is one of SK-II’s best selling products in their anti-ageing range of skincare products. What we really love about this product is its lightweight texture! For the hot and humid weather in Singapore, wearing a thick skincare products will not end well, but with this fairly milky lotion, you won’t have to worry about a thing!

Buy now: $149.00

Where to Buy: Sephora

3. KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Cream

The KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Cream is a hardworking moisturising cream made for battling skin through all seasons. For oily skin, it effectively restores the hydration and oil balance to help stabilize the skin. Furthermore, the moisturiser can also reduce skin redness and diminish the appearance of pores. Super gentle and light, it is the perfect moisturiser for those with oily skin in Singapore. Plus, it is very reasonably priced!

Price: $30.90

Where to Buy: Insider Mall

4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture

Sometimes, basic is better. While this drugstore moisturiser for oily skin doesn’t have pretty packaging or trendy ingredients, it quietly and efficiently balances and nourishes your skin. Don’t expect dramatic, overnight results, but over time your skin will be stronger and healthier. If you have a very specific skincare issue like acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, you many want to look for other creams.

Price: $19.50

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Looking for the best moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore for under $20? Try this. It often appears in editor’s picks as their favourite drugstore moisturiser, and for good reason: the gel formula is light and doesn’t feel sticky, its cooling effect refreshes (especially in hot climate), and it doesn’t cause irritation or breakouts. Your skin feels noticeably softer and looks smoother. You can also reapply this in the middle of the day, whenever your skin starts to look dull or tired. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling effect!

Price: $22.90

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

6. Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion

This contains tea tree oil to control oil and kill bacteria that can cause pimples, and papaya fruit extract and onion bulb extract to help acne marks and brighten your skin. It’s also free of mineral oils and fragrances that can trigger breakouts.  

Price: $14.91

Where to Buy: Shopee Singapore

7. Wild Products Vitamin C Ester Facial Crème

Looking for an affordable, readily-available vegan moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore? Try this bestselling cream. It has Vitamin C to brighten skin, fight ageing, and fade pigmentation. Some people swear that it works better than more expensive organic Vitamin C moisturisers. It also has aloe to soothe the skin, and rosehip oil to control oil production.  

Price: $24.00

Where to Buy: Wild Singapore

8. CosRX Oil-free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap

Moisturising lotions tend to have a lighter consistency than creams. It absorbs quickly and can be work under your makeup. It’s one of the best moisturiser for oily skin that’s become sensitive after exfoliation or acne treatments. Its key ingredient, birch sap, reduces irritation and redness. It got 4.4 stars on SokoGlam, with one reviewer saying, “My oily skin hates all moisturisers except this one!”

Price: $32.50

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

9. Essano Regenerating Rosehip Moisturizer

This is one of the best moisturiser for oily, acne-prone skin. Aside from healing jojoba oil, it has rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is considered an anti-acne powerhouse: it  has vitamin A and linoleic acid to control sebum production, prevent blackheads and whiteheads, and fade post-acne inflammation and discoloration. We recommend using this moisturiser at night, since it is a bit heavier.  

Price: $29.95

Where to Buy: Insider Mall

10. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

 Looking for a light, anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin? This fits the bill. The green tea is packed with antioxidants that can fight free radical damage and give you a healthy, youthful glow. Its watery texture is absorbed in seconds, and won’t feel heavy even on the oiliest skin. Influenster gave it 4.5 stars!

Price: $33. 00

Where to Buy: Innisfree Singapore

11. Hada Labo Perfecting UV Gel Moisturiser

This is one of the most popular Japanese moisturisers for oily skin. Its gel formula is comfortable and never feels greasy, and yet still makes your skin soft, supple and bouncy. It also provides really good UV protection, with SPF 50 and PA++++.  

Price: $28.72

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

12. Aesop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

This moisturiser hydrates your skin while fighting breakouts with zinc and sage leaf extract. If you prefer a natural (and gentle) anti-acne skincare regimen, then include this. It will help soothe and strengthen your skin, especially if you’re using chemical exfoliaters like AHAs and BHAs. It also has SPF 15, to increase your defense against sun damage.

Price: $80.00

Where to Buy: Aesop Singapore

13. La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat

This hits all the criteria for the best moisturiser for oily skin: oil-free, non-comedogenic, and even controls oil and mattifies the skin. It absorbs quickly, and is so good you can even skip makeup primer. That’s great news, because applying too many skincare and makeup products can increase your chance of clogging pores and your foundation getting cakey.

Price: $38.90

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser

This is the best moisturiser for oily skin that has become very sensitive after using harsh skincare products or acne treatments. After a few days, you’ll notice that your skin is less red and doesn’t sting. After a few weeks, your skin will be noticeably smoother and more even.  

Price: $40.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

15. Origins Gin-Zing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser

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We are in love! One of the best moisturizer for oily skin – especially if you never get enough sleep! It restores radiance with natural extracts like ginseng, orange peel oil, and jojoba butter. And in case the mention of “butter” makes you worry about greasiness, we promise you that it absorbs in seconds. After a few weeks of use, your skin will become more healthy and balanced, so you produce less oil.

Price: $54.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

16. Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

This bestselling Korean moisturiser is perfect for all skin types, but it’s especially refreshing for people with oily skin. It attracts and locks in moisture, and fills up your skin’s “water bank” as you sleep. When you wake up, your skin is softer, smoother and more supple. Makeup goes on better, too. Definitely worth trying!

Price: $52.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

17. Boscia Revitalising Black Hydration Gel

 One of the best moisturiser for oily skin – even very oily skin! The charcoal sucks away oils and impurities, while Vitamin C combats ageing and dark spots. Invest in it if you hate heavy creams and use a lot of makeup products that can potentially clog pores. (Of course, you should still find a good cleanser and toner for oily skin!)

Price: $59.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

18. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

This is a fantastic night moisturiser for oily skin. Aside from bathing your skin in hydrating and healing natural plant extracts, it has a delicate natural rose scent. “I love using this moisturiser especially after a very tiring, stressful day. Patting it into my skin, or massaging it in with my jade roller, has become one of my favorite relaxing bedtime rituals. I also like using this after a face mask, because it seems to trap in the serum too,” says one beauty review.

Price: $70.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

19. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Gel

This may be expensive, but its one of the best anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin. It’s packed with antioxidants, and skin-nourishing Vitamin A, C and E. The hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin but never feels heavy. And did we mention that it smells amazing? It’s a true skin treat that will make your skincare routine feel like a total pampering session.

Price: $90.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

20. Philosophy Hope in a Jar (Gel Formula for Oily Skin)

This is a cult favorite, and for good reason! Philosophy’s moisturiser rejuvenates tired, ageing skin. Amino acids gently slough of dead skin cells to reveal bright, smooth skin. Antioxidants heal damaged cells, and repair your moisture barrier. It’s also free of harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. So even if your oily skin is dull, damaged and stressed out, you can truly find hope in a jar!

Price: $64.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore